There are many different types, or species, of NTM that can cause an infection. Depending on the species you have, your doctor may prescribe you different medicines.
The most common species of NTM is called MAC, or Mycobacterium avium complex. Sometimes, doctors will call an NTM infection “MAC or MAC lung infection” because it’s the species most often identified in patients.
In fact, 8 out of 10 NTM infections in the US are caused by MAC.
Some other types of NTM include:
You and your doctor will decide what is right for you. You may be prescribed a treatment regimen or you may be referred to a specialist. Because NTM is rare, many specialists may have had limited opportunity to treat a lot of people with NTM. This is why you may want to find a specialist who has experience caring for people with NTM.
Stick to foods that can help with minimizing inflammation.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new vitamins.
This nutrition guide is only a suggestion. It’s important to talk to your doctor or dietitian if you have any questions or concerns.
Explore the links below to learn more about NTM and how to manage your disease.
It’s important to know as much as you can about NTM and how it affects your body. Here is another resource where you can learn more:
NTM may make your body create excess mucus in your airways. Talk to your doctor about ways to clear mucus from your lungs. In addition, here are some other resources with examples of different techniques you can use to clear the mucus: